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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

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Sidetrack73

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To revive the section of Texas here at PC... How many of you living in Texas are planning, or have already started setting up for your Christmas Displays this year. There is a certain pride in doing this in Texas... 

 

I had planned to go with my first LOR show this year, even bought all the equipment, got the lights and was planning, but looks like we may not be in our house by Christmas. I doubt I will have the new house moved in enough to even string lights but NEXT year.. if we get this house.. I will have something worthy of video...! 

Please let us know how many of the Texas Proud are going big here at PC this year

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mine is going up.. main power lines and LOR controller live. working on getting a balance of the layout. its almost 3am and I am still up.. never fails lol.. will be testing this weekend. Hope to go live Monday night. in HEB area

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Our show went live on Thanksgiving.  We were on the front page of the McKinney paper yesterday and were on Channel 4 last night and this morning.  Toys for Tots!

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Due to circumstances our launch is scheduled for Wednesday weather permitting..had to make some last minute changes.  But I am excited

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First year doing a show. Went live tonight, what a rush. I'm in Leander ,TX.

i think that an understatement... i was sweating out my show until the end to make sure the prep work paid off.... and it was in 40s with temp dropping!....i lit a cigar when it was over!

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thanks to some great folks; my family and i are finally able to kick off our 1st show this season 

a small 1, our pallet is a small 1 to work with... we moved here only a short time ago

we're over here in garrison,tx

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Figured it best to just give a link to the playlist and let you guys see it yourself. The video quality is not great, nor the level of sound. Going to pick up an FM transmitter sometime next year.. Hope this helps.. and a better Video Cam with a Tripod

 

2013 Jones Playlist

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My entire display, www.mckinneychristmas.com is for sale....  I will part out everything.  Check my site for pics and videos.  PM me if interested in anything.  The controllers are all LOR as well.

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Wow I got a TON of emails.  Let me just make this fair and I'll put up a listing of items and prices... give me a little bit to do that for everyone.

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